THE MYTHICAL PAINTINGS OF RAJNI PERERA

Thirty-three years old Rajni Perera is a Toronto based artist seeking for a larger place where to work as her studio out of Kensington market is next to explode due to her large-scale canvases that are continuing to ramp up.

For instance, her last series titled Surreal Body is composed of seven large-scale canvases, and apart from the physicality, her body of work is also big in spirit.

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@RAJNI PERERA – SURREAL BODY / Zahra2, 2016
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@RAJNI PERERA – SURREAL BODY / Swimmer, 2016
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@RAJNI PERERA – SURREAL BODY / A Scavenger First, 2016
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@RAJNI PERERA – SURREAL BODY / Nate, 2016

“I explore issues of hybridity, sacrilege, irreverence, the indexical sciences, ethnography, gender, sexuality, popular culture, deities, monsters and dream worlds. All of these themes marry in a newly objectified realm of mythical symbioses”. This is what she states about her artistic workflow.

She aims to express her intentions using a deep language to deconstruct the non-European vision of the female versus the male, questioning the contemporary aesthetic of human genders through the eye of a non-European culture, considering, for example, the Hindu and Tantric gods to explain it.

Rajni builds her work upon a subversive language to let the viewer feel restored and not repressed anymore.

Originally from Sri Lanka, Rajni Perera was raised between her homeland, Australia, and Canada. She graduated from The Ontario College of Fine Art in 2014 and was presented with the medal for Drawing and Painting in her year while she was at it. Rajni works through her own identity issues, namely being a non-white artist creating non-white works, by envisioning the place of the diasporic person in a surreal future.

@RAJNI PERERA – SURREAL BODY / Aftab, 2016
@RAJNI PERERA – SURREAL BODY / Aneela, 2016
@RAJNI PERERA – SURREAL BODY / Jess, 2016

To view more of Rajni Perera’s work, go here.